Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models [NOOK Book]

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The author of Diagnosing Jefferson introduces twelve more high-achieving role models—including Einstein, Mozart, and Darwin—who have made significant contributions to our world. All exhibited traits common to people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Today’s young people and adults with AS can also make a difference if they are given support, opportunities, and the freedom to explore their abilities. Many accomplished people have been loners, self-taught, obsessed by an idea, and known for their lack of social skills. How...
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Overview

The author of Diagnosing Jefferson introduces twelve more high-achieving role models—including Einstein, Mozart, and Darwin—who have made significant contributions to our world. All exhibited traits common to people with Asperger’s Syndrome. Today’s young people and adults with AS can also make a difference if they are given support, opportunities, and the freedom to explore their abilities. Many accomplished people have been loners, self-taught, obsessed by an idea, and known for their lack of social skills. How many of them would be diagnosed with Asperger’s today? Norm Ledgin makes convincing arguments for an Asperger’s role in each of their extraordinary lives.

From composer Amadeus Mozart to astronomer Carl Sagan, Ledgin examines the evidence of Asperger's Syndrome in some of history's most famous men and women and shows how, despite their apparent challenges, each made an immeasurable contribution to the world. A great book to raise the self esteem of those with Asperger's.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935274391
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2011
  • Series: Asperger's and Self-Esteem Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 526,278
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Norm and his wife Marsha were professional partners as safety educators, and then business partners in weekly newspaper publishing for fifteen years. With this book, they have renewed their professional partnership, after a hiatus during which they dedicated themselves to full-time parenting. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, and three sons, David, Alfred, and Nicholas.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Temple Grandin)
Chapter 1: A Challenge for Parents, Teachers, and Health-Care Professionals
Chapter 2: The Lonely Perspective of the Asperger’s Child
Chapter 3: Dealing with Fixations that Drive Us Nuts
Chapter 4: A Ride in the Time Machine of Logic
Chapter 5: Finding and Offering Relevant Role Models
Chapter 6: A Caring Statesman with a Double-Tracked Mind [Thomas Jefferson]
Chapter 7: A Cuddly Nobel Winner with a Bite [Albert Einstein]
Chapter 8: A Self-Censoring Scientist Who Knew Too Much [Charles Darwin]
Chapter 9: A Showman Who Peaked Too Soon [Orson Welles]
Chapter 10: A Musician/Actor Who Capitalized on Loneliness [Oscar Levant]
Chapter 11: A Double Nobel Winner Who Shunned Fame [Marie Curie]
Chapter 12: A Singer/Actor Who Fought Too Hard [Paul Robeson]
Chapter 13: A Recluse Who Failed Exams and Changed Science [Gregor Mendel]
Chapter 14: A Collector Who Spiced Classical Music [Bela Bartok]
Chapter 15: A Stargazer with Otherworldly Beliefs [Carl Sagan]
Chapter 16: A Performer Who Seemed Wedded to His Piano [Glenn Gould]
Chapter 17: A Lyrical Messenger—An American Orginal [John Hartford]
Chapter 18: A Prodigy and Rebel Who Never Grew Up [Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart]
Chapter 19: Surprising and Strange Parallels
Chapter 20: A New Look at the Concept of Genius
Chapter 21: Our Discomforts—Their Rights
Chapter 22: Choosing to be Gentle on Their Minds
Chapter 23: Parents as Role Models
Appendix: Asperger’s Traits that Make Us Happy
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    A Good Book

    This work is an excellent source to help Asperger syndrome victims improve their self esteem. The author shows how many famous persons have suffered from this disease. My only concern was with the chapter that I have the most knowledge about, the one about Charles Darwin. Much is said about 'Darwin's secret,' implying that he figured out evolution on his own and had mental health problems as a result of the effect of his discovery on belief in God. First of all, he did not discover evolution but only popularized this now controversial world view. Evolution was widely believed before Darwin and he actually got most all of his basic evolution ideas from others, much from his own grandfather who he never properly acknowledged. Furthermore, Darwin accepted the use and disuse theory (Lamarckism) as a major part of his theory, a view that has now been disproved. He also advocated the pangenesis theory, another theory now disproved. We still today in science face the same problem that Darwin tried to solve, the origin of genetic information. Many theories now exist to try to explain this major problem, and none of them are very satisfactory. This is why evolution is still, even today, very controversial (a fact that the author tries to trivialize). It is a good idea to read both sides before writing a book. I am not that knowledgeable about the other persons profiled, so cannot comment about them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models

    In his book, Asperger's and Self-Esteem, Norm Ledgin offers a new thought toward comfort and hope for those diagnosed with the syndrome. His idea developed as he reviewed the life of his old friend, Thomas Jefferson. Observing the many eccentricities of Jefferson, he realized how like they are to the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome. Ledgin has compiled chapters featuring well-known, accomplished people who also express unique personalities. This book brings a new perspective to what is often a very lonely life. Those with Asperger's can read the book and begin exploring areas they had not realized existed for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models

    Utterly fascinating! Certainly explains the "unusual" traits of some very famous people. A must read for relatives of those afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2002

    Asperger's and Self-Esteem: Insight and Hope Through Famous Role Models

    Making the point that someone quirky can still be an achiever, Norm Ledgin has selected 13 famous figures from the 18th through 20th Centuries who had all the earmarks of Asperger's. They succeeded nonetheless. I doubt there's a young person with such a condition out there who will fail to draw comfort and inspiration from this book. As a teacher, I know how tough it is to inspire, but Asperger's and Self-Esteem does that.

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